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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every microwave on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 1,290 microwaves, 5,470 reviews and 12,300 prices. Last updated 22 September 2017.

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#1 Samsung MS23F301EAW

MS23F301EAW
The highest scoring combination microwave on the market, with good features and very low running costs
96
Reviews
148 Reviews
97
Value for Money
Excellent
79
Features
Good Features
83
Age
2 Years Old
91
Running Costs
£343 / 10 Years
90
Overall Score
Excellent
800W
23L
Black
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
Colour of Products
Countertop
Sep 2015
Case Design
Release Date
Appliance Electronics £99.98
Sonic Direct £99.99
PRC Direct £99.99
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#2 Russell Hobbs RHM3003

RHM3003
The top rated microwave under £500, with great features and low running costs
92
Reviews
76 Reviews
96
Value for Money
Excellent
86
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Age
2 Years Old
77
Running Costs
£386 / 10 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
900W
30L
White
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
Colour of Products
Free­standing
Jul 2015
Case Design
Release Date
eBay £79.99
Amazon UK £124.00
Currys £124.98
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£154.90

#3 Sharp R982STM

R982STM
A bargain price and huge interior capacity 900W microwave, with low running costs and very good features
91
Value for Money
Excellent
88
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Age
2 Years Old
78
Running Costs
£386 / 10 Years
89
Overall Score
Excellent
900W
42L
Stainless Steel
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
Colour of Products
Free­standing
Jul 2015
Case Design
Release Date
eBay £154.90
Appliances Direct £178.97
ao £179.00
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Siemens iQ700
£409.00
Was £839 (26 days ago)
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£74.00

#4 Swan SM22070

SM22070
An astoundingly highly rated and bargain price 900W microwave, with good features and low running costs
96
Reviews
13 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
78
Features
Good Features
80
Age
2 Years Old
75
Running Costs
£386 / 10 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
900W
25L
Orange
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
Colour of Products
Free­standing
Jul 2015
Case Design
Release Date
Amazon UK £74.00
Currys £74.00
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#5 Samsung MS23F301

MS23F301
An affordable and very popular 800W microwave, with very low running costs and marvellous user reviews
96
Reviews
627 Reviews
98
Value for Money
Excellent
73
Features
Good Features
81
Age
2 Years Old
80
Running Costs
£343 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
800W
23L
Silver
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
Colour of Products
Free­standing
Oct 2015
Case Design
Release Date
eBay £49.99
Appliances Direct £72.97
Hughes £74.99
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£229.95

#6 Samsung MC32J7055

MC32J7055
A high-quality and newly released 1,400W microwave, with moderate running costs and a reasonable price
No Reviews
82
Value for Money
Excellent
93
Features
Fully-Featured
93
Age
5 Months Old
55
Running Costs
£600 / 10 Years
87
Overall Score
Excellent
1,400W
32L
White
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
Colour of Products
Countertop
Apr 2017
Case Design
Release Date
Sonic Direct £229.95
John Lewis £249.00
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#7 Samsung MS23F301EAW

MS23F301EAW
An excellently reviewed and very cheap 800W microwave, with good features and very low running costs
96
Reviews
148 Reviews
93
Value for Money
Excellent
71
Features
Good Features
83
Age
2 Years Old
86
Running Costs
£343 / 10 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
800W
23L
White
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
Colour of Products
Countertop
Feb 2016
Case Design
Release Date
Kensington Domestic Appliances £99.99
Argos £139.99
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£88.99

#8 Russell Hobbs RHM2563

RHM2563
A low cost and positively reviewed 900W microwave, with low running costs and good features
94
Reviews
588 Reviews
95
Value for Money
Excellent
76
Features
Good Features
78
Age
2 Years Old
73
Running Costs
£386 / 10 Years
86
Overall Score
Excellent
900W
25L
Stainless Steel
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
Colour of Products
Free­standing
Jul 2015
Case Design
Release Date
eBay £88.99
Amazon UK £97.30
Appliances Direct £98.98
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£155.99

#9 Samsung MS28J5255US

MS28J5255US
A positively reviewed and fully featured 1,000W microwave, with moderate running costs and a good price
94
Reviews
81 Reviews
82
Value for Money
Excellent
86
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Age
1 Year Old
57
Running Costs
£429 / 10 Years
85
Overall Score
Excellent
1,000W
28L
Black
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
Colour of Products
Countertop
Apr 2016
Case Design
Release Date
eBay £155.99
Argos £155.99
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#10 De Dietrich DME1195

DME1195
A recently released and breathtakingly cheap 1,000W microwave, with satisfactory running costs and one of the biggest interior capacities available
98
Value for Money
Excellent
85
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Age
6 Months Old
59
Running Costs
£429 / 10 Years
85
Overall Score
Excellent
1,000W
40L
White
Microwave Power
Interior Capacity
Colour of Products
Built-in
Mar 2017
Case Design
Release Date
Amazon UK £51.39
Power Direct £1,113.75
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Microwave Brands

Find out how microwave brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their microwaves. Click on a link to compare all microwaves made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Microwaves Price Range Average Rating
Samsung logo Samsung Microwaves 46 £50 - £549 87%
Russell Hobbs logo Russell Hobbs Microwaves 32 £45 - £130 87%
Bosch logo Bosch Microwaves 28 £75 - £1,200
Sharp logo Sharp Microwaves 26 £50 - £726 86%
Panasonic logo Panasonic Microwaves 25 £54 - £493 88%
Daewoo logo Daewoo Microwaves 25 £45 - £90
Hotpoint logo Hotpoint Microwaves 20 £40 - £632
Other brands Other Microwave Brands 234 £35 - £1,839

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Microwave Buying Guide

Capacity

A microwave is a necessity of any modern kitchen. It is a versatile tool that can be used for far more than just reheating leftovers - it can be used for all manner of cooking, from poaching salmon to baking potatoes.

Microwaves come in all different shores and sizes, and are primarily differentiated by their capacity. The bigger the capacity of your microwave, the larger the food you can cook in it. Some microwaves just fit single plates or bowls, while other models are large enough to fit an entire chicken or soup pot in.

Power Levels/Cooking Programs

Microwaves are all given a power level, rated in Watts. The higher the power level, the faster your food will be cooked. Most modern microwaves come with a range of power levels, allowing you great flexibility when preparing your food. They also come with specific setting for warming, reheating or defrosting food - extremely useful in speeding up cooking times, or reheating food previously cooked. Defrosting is an especially useful setting, meaning that joints of meat and frozen food can be brought up to room temperature in a matter of minutes.

Many microwaves now have a selection of automatic cooking functions as well. These allow you to input a type of food to cook (potatoes, chicken, soups, etc) and a weight, and the microwave will automatically calculate the power level and time needed to cook it perfectly. Conveniences like this can make preparing dinner hassle-free, and remove the guesswork and constant checking to see if your food is ready.

This automatic cooking function can also extend to defrosting and reheating leftovers, making the microwave an invaluable tool for easy food heating and prep. Some advanced models of microwave also offer a 'power defrost' setting, which can defrost frozen meat far quickly than usual defrost programs. However because this defrost cycle is far more powerful, care has to be given to make sure that you don't accidentally part cook the food while it's being defrosted.

Oven & Grill Functions

Some microwaves have the ability to function as ovens and grills in addition to standard microwave cooking. Microwaves that have an added grill function combine the normal microwave cooking with a heated element either on the top or the sides of the machine - this allows it to function similar to a standard grill. Microwave ovens, on the other hand, can cook and roast food exactly like a convection oven. Whichever model you pick, these types of microwaves greatly increase the types of food you can cook, and turn your microwave into the central cooking tool in your kitchen - you can roast fish and beef, roast vegetables and grill cheese toasties!

Steam Functions

More advanced models of microwave may also have a steamer function. As the name suggests, a steamer addition to the microwave uses boiling water to generate bursts of hot steam inside the microwave. This is a great method of delicately cooking vegetables so they retain the maximum amount of nutrients, and can also be used for cooking fish, dumplings, or Chinese-style pancakes for roast duck. While normally only found in the most high-level and expensive microwaves, it allows the appliance to become even more versatile as a cooking tool, and therefore may well be worth the extra expense.

Extra Features

Finally, some microwaves comes with a collection of extra features, to make cooking easier or more convenient. These can include recipe books detailing how to cook different types of food, baking trays designed to fit comfortably into the machine, or racks to allow multiple dishes to be cooked at once. Some microwave ovens even include a rotisserie spit, allowing you to cook spit-roasted chicken or pork.

Microwave Retailers, Prices and Features

Microwave Prices

Microwaves range in price from £35 to £1,259 and in total we found prices for 436 microwaves. On average, a new microwave costs £215 and 80% of microwaves are priced between £59 and £447. The Igenix IG2070 is the cheapest microwave at only £35, and Siemens CM633GBS1 is the most expensive at £1,258.

Microwave Brands - Price Range

The average price of KitchenAid microwaves is £1,250 which is the highest average price of all microwave brands. KitchenAid microwaves start at £1,250 and the most expensive KitchenAid microwave costs £1,250.

The average price of Fisher & Paykel microwaves is £849 which is the second highest average price of all microwave brands. Fisher & Paykel microwaves start at £849 and the most expensive Fisher & Paykel microwave costs £849.

The third highest average microwave price out of all brands is Miele microwaves with an average price of £606. Miele microwaves range in price from £420 to £797.

Microwave Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 2 expert reviews and 6,279 user reviews for microwaves from across the internet and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of microwave. The top three microwave brands are Belling, Samsung and Swan. Belling has an average rating of 91%, Samsung has an average rating of 90% and Swan has an average rating of 85%.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

We found 337 current offers for microwaves from eBay making it the biggest microwave retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 274 current offers for microwaves. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 207 current microwave offers.

When Are Most New Microwaves Released?

Most new microwaves tend to be released between May and July. 51 new microwaves were released in May 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new microwave releases. July was the biggest month in 2015 for new microwaves, with 127 new microwaves released that month. The biggest month in 2014 for new microwave releases was February, with 269 new microwaves released that month.

How Fast Do Microwave Prices Drop After Release?

On average microwaves drop in price by 5% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical microwave costing £215 you could save on average £11 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Microwave Powers

This denotes how strong the cooking power of the microwave is, measured in watts (W).

The microwave powers of microwaves range from 500W to 2,800W. The microwave powers of the majority of microwaves range from 790W to 880W. The microwave with the biggest microwave power is the HotpointMP 676 IX H, which is a 2,800W microwave and is on sale for £384.00. The microwave with the smallest microwave power is the HotpointMP 676 IX H, which is a 500W microwave and is available at £114.40.

A higher power level that food cooked in the microwave will cook quicker and more efficiently.

Interior Capacities

This is how much the microwave can hold, measured in litres (L).

Across the range of microwaves, the interior capacities range from 8L to 62L. The interior capacities of the majority of microwaves range from 22L to 27L. The SamsungNQ50K3130BM/EU, which is available at £508.00, has the biggest interior capacity and is a 50L capacity microwave. The microwave with the smallest interior capacity is the SamsungNQ50K3130BM/EU, which is an 8L capacity microwave and can be purchased for £64.21.

A bigger capacity means that the microwave is capable of holding - and therefore cooking - more food at once.

Colour of Products

Amongst new microwaves, the most common colour of product is black. We found 224 microwaves that are microwaves that have a black coloured. We found 203 microwaves that are microwaves that have a stainless steel coloured, making this the second most frequently found colour of product amongst new microwaves.

Case Designs

Amongst new microwaves, the most common case design is countertop. We found 232 microwaves that are countertop microwaves. The second most popular case design amongst new microwaves is built-in. We found 175 microwaves that are built-in microwaves.

Biggest Microwave Retailers

The biggest microwave retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 337 current microwave offers from eBay. The second biggest microwave retailer is Amazon UK with 274 offers. That means eBay is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to microwaves. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 207 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Microwaves?

The cheapest shop by number of microwave for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 177 microwaves.

Proportion of Microwaves for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest microwave prices (found to be cheapest for 52.5% of its microwaves).

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